Summary of Current Research

  • Yafei Li - Professor Li's specialty is in syntax and the syntax-morphology interface. His recent publications have investigated the syntactic and morphological representations of causativity and the possibility of formulating a unified theory of various morpho-syntactic phenomena such as causativization, noun incorporation, applicatives, and word-order typology. He is currently working on the nature of lexical categorization in dialects of Chinese where there are words that simultaneously exhibit the behaviors of nouns and postpositions. He is also collaborating with two other faculty members to study the neurological reality of universal linguistic principles such as relativized minimality.
  • Monica Macaulay - Professor Macaulay's main area of interest is the morphology of American Indian languages. She has worked on Mixtec (Otomanguean) and Karuk (Hokan), and currently works on Menominee (Algonquian). Topics she has looked at include obviation, reduplication, and inverse marking. She also works closely with the Menominee and Potawatomi tribes on language revitalization.
  • Eric Raimy - Professor Raimy's area of research is phonology and morphology. He works on reduplication, dialects of English, distinctive features, modularity and representations in phonology. Previous projects include edited volumes on architecture and representation in phonology and the syllable with both projects including a wide variety of perspectives on the topics.
  • Joe Salmons - Professor Salmons’ research focuses on phonology and language change, often extending to language contact and sociolinguistics. His current projects involve laryngeal realism, the contrastive hierarchy in sound change and heritage bilingualism. He edits Diachronicaco-edited the Handbook of Historical Phonology with Patrick Honeybone and is finishing a second edition of A History of the German Language (Oxford).
  • Rebecca Shields - Dr. Shields' interests lie in syntax and the syntax-semantics interface. Her recent research has focused on syntactic locality constraints on a variety of movement types, including wh-movement, scrambling, and topicalization. Currently, she is working on a project which relates the semantic representation of Discourse-linked and non-Discourse-linked questions with syntactic contrasts they exhibit in environments of Relativized Minimality, Intervention Effects, and Weak Crossover. Her primary research languages are Russian and English.
  • Rand Valentine - Professor Valentine is currently working on a dictionary project with Mary Ann Corbiere of the University of Sudbury (Sudbury, Ontario), based on Richard Rhodes' outstanding dictionary of eastern varieties of Ojibwe (Rhodes, Richard. 1993. Eastern Ojibwa-Chippewa-Ottawa Dictionary. New York: Mouton de Gruyter). He is also involved with various Algonquian language-documentation projects, especially computational aspects of lexicographical research.